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St John’s Wort
Although there are several varieties of St. Johns Wort, this is the standard variety. Commonly found in woodlands, fields and pastures all over the world, this woodland shrub blooms with cheery bright yellow flowers with leaves that appear perforated when held up to the light; hence its Latin name
. This herb was believed to have magical qualities in the Middle Ages, as its leaves were hung from ceilings to ward of evil spirits and prevent lightning strikes. Although the first thing that comes to mind is St. Johns Worts traditional use as an anti-anxiety and anti-depressive remedy, it actually has a surprising number of additional benefits through its antimicrobial, astringent, vulnerary and anti-inflammatory properties. Harvest medicinal flower tops between June and August. Some say the best day to harvest is St. Johns Day (June 24th) which is when flowers first appear. Interestingly enough, although flowers are yellow, an infused oil and tincture made with fresh herb will turn deep red! Can be made into a topical oil or salve for minor injuries, bruises and sunburns; prevents infection, stops bleeding and speeds up healing. Sow seeds in fall or spring. Press into soil without completely covering, as seeds need some sunlight to germinate. Average germination time 10-20 days. Prefers moderately fertile, moist and slightly acidic soil. Full sun – partial shade. Ht 1m.
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